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13 straight: NSU falls to Samford in home opener

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Northwestern State’s Jeremy Lane (right) tries to intercept a pass thrown to a Samford receiver. Samford defeated NSU 19-7 Saturday. (NSU photo lab)

http://www.thetowntalk.com

By Raymond A. Partsch III

NATCHITOCHES — The Northwestern State Demons headed into Saturday night’s home opener at Turpin Stadium hoping to quench their thirst for victory.

The Demons had lost 12 straight games and it had been 659 days since the team had last tasted victory on the field. That was a 34-24 win over rival Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 22, 2008. The closest the Demons had come to recording a win since then was a 34-31 overtime loss to Texas State last season.

Unfortunately, for the Demons, they will remain thirsty after losing to visiting Samford, 19-7.

“We just didn’t play well,” said NSU offensive coordinator Todd Cooley.

NSU (0-2) looked nothing like the team that played Air Force tough in the first half of last week’s season opening loss. Samford’s defense gave NSU fits for the better part of three quarters. The Demons managed just two first downs in the first half. The lone bright spot was a 35-yard pass from quarterback Paul Harris to tight end Justin Aldredge on the Demons first possession. After that initial quick strike NSU managed just 35 more yards in the half.

For the game, the Demons managed only 215 total yards of offense and Harris was the team’s leading rusher with a mere 24 yards. At one point in the second half the Demons had more punts than third-down conversions. NSU punter Bradley Russo tied a single-game Demon record with 11 punts for 472 yards.

Samford pressured Harris often and the sophomore quarterback struggled with his consistency. Harris finished the game by completing 16 of 35 passes for 162 yards and three interceptions.

“I did not prepare enough this week,” said Harris. “Throwing three interceptions is inexcusable.”

The biggest problem for the Demons was the lack of significant yardage on first down. That set up the Demons up in far too many third and long situations throughout the game.

“When you get beat on first down you have already placed yourself behind the eight ball,” Cooley said.

“I was disappointed,” Peveto said. “I thought we would have run the football better.”

Read the full article: http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20100912/SPORTS10/9120323/1006/SPORTS/13-straight–NSU-falls-to-Samford-in-home-opener

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Written by demon53

September 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm

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